As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
Michelle Mush Lee, Ed.M., is a poet, educator and arts and culture advocate who uses poetry to preserve the water of her story in this American desert. She moves from the intersection of mind, heart and spirit, and is propelled by what learners do know. Mush’s presentations and storytelling have been fea- tured on HBO, PBS and AfroPop, and at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the New Works Theater Festival and the Brave New Voices Festival. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. from San Francisco State University with a focus on equity and social justice. Mush is a former Compasspoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and is frequently a featured speaker on racial literacy, spoken word pedagogies and contemporary youth poetry movements. Mush currently serves as an advisory board member for the Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and as a senior advisor of pedagogy at Youth Speaks, Inc. She is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, Inc., a creative consulting firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change.
Kira Lynne Allen is an Oakland-based author, a four-time Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) Fellow, a Poetry for the People alumna, and a phenomenal workshop facilitator. Her literary debut, Write This Second, charts her journey from desecration to divinity; from addict and high school dropout to master’s degree recipient, poet, performer, collage artist, activist, and community leader. Ms. Allen’s story is meant to inspire readers to transform their lives by finding and proclaiming their authentic selves. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Mills College and an M.A. in transformative arts from John F. Kennedy University. Check out www.writethissec.com for more information.
Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.